BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1280
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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|Moved to adopt prepared amendment L.004 which amen|
Moved to refer House Bill 09-1280, as amended, to
|Pass Without Objection|
03:12 PM -- House Bill 09-1280
Representative Looper presented House Bill 09-1280 which was referred to the House Health and Human Services Committee from the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. The bill directs the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to apply for federal funding to operate the Youth Challenge Corps Program. The DMVA is authorized to operate the Youth Challenge Corps program, but is not obligated to do so unless sufficient funding is available. Representative Looper stated that the intent of the bill is to establish the program in order to apply for federal funding. She stated that the program will not commence until funding is available. Representative Looper stated that amendment L.004 will be offered and amends the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee report (Attachment B). Representative Looper played a video depicting the Youth Challenge Corps program. A article titled "Youth Challenge Offers High School Dropouts a Way to Turn Their Lives Around" was provided to the committee (Attachment C).
03:29 PM -- Walter Paul, Legislative Liaison, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke in support of the bill. Ray Dissinger, former director of the Youth Challenge Corps program, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke in support of the program. He stated that the program provides an opportunity for troubled youth. There was discussion regarding the specifics of the program. Mr. Paul stated that the program is not a boot camp, that it is strictly voluntary. He also clarified that the program is not a recruitment tool for the military.
03:54 PM -- Bob Coulson, Division of Child Welfare, and Bill Hanna, Legislative Liaison, Department of Human Services, responded to committee questions. Mr. Hanna stated that the term "at-risk" has a very specific meaning within the Division of Child Welfare. He stated that the Youth Challenge Corps program targets youth that have the potential of becoming at-risk. Mr. Hanna responded to several questions from the committee regarding the program.
|TIME: || 04:19:07 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer House Bill 09-1280, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 10-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS